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The DAM Preis for Architecture in Germany 2023 has been awarded to AUER WEBER for the Extension of Starnberg District Office.

by | Friday, 27. January 2023


The DAM Preis for Architecture in Germany 2023 has been awarded to AUER WEBER for the Extension of Starnberg District Office. The jury was very taken with Auer Weber’s extension to the Starnberg District Office. That said, in the
final analysis it was the harmonious interaction of the existing structure and the extension that is so convincing. After all, rarely do an old structure and a new build bond so harmoniously, not least here because despite 35 years lying between the two designs it was the same architects at work. Thus, only a very close look today reveals where the old build ends and the extension begins, what tried-and-true and highly rated attributes of the existing edifice have been continued and where things have been modernized in keeping with the time – infusing things with a new character.

In 2023, the award will for the seventh time be bestowed by Deutsches Architekturmuseum (DAM) in close cooperation with JUNG as its partner – as part of a phased jury process.

For the DAM Preis for Architecture in Germany, the museum has nominated 100 remarkable buildings or ensembles resulting from extensive research involving an advisory board of experts. This consisted of Christina Beaumont, Christof Bodenbach, Uwe Brösdorf, Matthias Dreßler, Florian Fischer, Lydia Haack, Florian Heilmeyer, Liza Heilmeyer-Birk, Angelika Hinterbrandner, Christian Holl, Philipp Jamme, David Kasparek, Ursula Kleefisch-Jobst, Steffen Lauterbach, Maximilian Liesner, Gert Lorber, Andreas Reich, Marcus Rommel, Ilka Ruby, Christian Schmieder, Heiner Stengel and Finn Warncke. In addition, projects were proposed by the architectural associations of the states of Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Berlin, Hesse, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland and Thuringia.

The nominated buildings for the DAM Preis 2023 had to be completed between the end of 2020 and the spring of 2022. Basically, the nomination of the buildings on the longlist was not limited to a specific building typology, minimum size or building amount. New since 2017 is that all buildings on this nomination list, sorted geographically, are presented annually in the Architekturführer Deutschland. The 2023 edition, published by DOM publishers, is already on sale. At the same time, the longlist can also be viewed on the internet at dam-preis.de. Over the years, a digital archive of remarkable buildings in Germany will be created.

A jury of experts chaired by Martin Haas chose from the longlist of 23 projects a smaller number for the Shortlist for the DAM Preis 2023. A selection of three buildings designed by German architects and erected outside the country were also included for consideration for honorary mention. What strikes the eye is that the debate over the significance of public space is broadening, that increasingly people are experimenting with flexible forms of housing, and that conversion and expansion of existing structures is moving into the foreground. Against the backdrop of the mobility transition, the transport infrastructure projects are becoming more important that in addition to their function proper
also provide good spaces to spend time in. That after the intensive phase of remote work, offices are filling up again is reflected in interesting workspaces, with cultural institutions preferably moving into fashionably converted industrial buildings and in the sphere of education pioneering school and university buildings have been created. One common quality is emerging: Hardly any project now can get by without underlining sustainability.

In the course of a special jury trip undertaken at the beginning of September 2022 the jury inspected the five building ensembles chosen as the finalists:

ALLMANNWAPPNER – Stadtbahntunnel Karlsruhe
AUER WEBER – Extension of the Starnberg District Office
Bundesgeschäftsstelle des Deutschen Alpenvereins e.V., München
HÜTTEN & PALÄSTE – Scheune Prädikow, Prötzel

Not included in the shortlist for the DAM Preis, but for many years a firm part of this overview of contemporary German architecture are buildings designed by German architectural practices located in other countries: In Shenzhen, China, Crossboundaries have transformed the roof of a railway station building into a 1.2-kilometer-long “Skypark”. A truly unusual museum has been designed in the form of the Insectarium in Montreal, Canada – the architects were Kuehn Malvezzi and the local practices of Pelletier de Fontenay and Jodoin Lamarre Pratte architectes. In Bangladesh, Studio Anna Heringer has developed a mud-&-bamboo building completely built by hand – the Anandaloy therapy center along with a small and closely-integrated studio for textile production.